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Hey everyone, check out this great interview with James Jankowiak that aired last week on Vocalo 89.5! James talks about his artist practice and his upcoming show at Johalla!
For more information about the show (OPENING THIS FRIDAY!), go to johallaprojects.com!
Johalla Projects and ACRE Residency Presents
Once, We Were Giants
A solo exhibition by Montgomery Kim
February 2 – 6, 2012
Please join us for an opening on THURSDAY, February 2nd, from 7 – 10pm
1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 110
Chicago, Il 60622
By Appointment Only
Once, We Were Giants
In our era of super-technologies and hyper-infrastructures, the gap between body and mind seems to become exponentially smaller and blurred. The link between the physical world around us and ideology seamlessly blend into one another, as one is borne from the other in no discernible order. The niches we establish are formed by ever more calculated measures, which we perceive as extensions of our selves. In so doing, our person- our physical being – not only becomes one with external stimuli, but exists with infinite potential. It is possible now for us to immortalize our selves, not through God, but by becoming gods of our own.
The process for producing these works has been one of collecting and combining distinct visual elements from one overarching theme, and combining them in a collage-like manner. The elements presented in a piece, though visually cohesive, are meant to be brought together in the viewer’s mind in an intuitive manner. The shapes, colors, and objects brought together in these works exist through a kind of dream logic, whereby these elements ebb and flow between being singular parts and being a singular unit.
The primary conceptual concern was a term used by economists to describe excess consumption and over-saturation. This law of diminishing marginal utility was once described to Kim as follows:
“You purchase one whole cake for $5. It is a delicious cake and you are allowed to eat as much as you please. You are not, however, allowed to take any of it home. So you stuff your face with as much cake as possible. After the second or third slice, you will most likely not be enjoying your cake anymore. But you’ve paid for the whole cake and it would seem a waste to not get your money’s worth. What you do not realize is that the $5 dollars you paid is gone, and that there is only one peak point of satisfaction when consuming anything. Anything after this point is either dissatisfying and burdensome, or completely neutralized in its worth.”
Montgomery (Bum Joo) Kim works primarily with wood and pre-made objects. Kim explores themes of intercultural exchange and globalization and their effects on social consciousness. By looking at traditional imagery through the lens of contemporaneity, the objects and scenarios Kim creates are paradoxical attempts at nostalgia; they are memorabilia from a potential past, present or future.
Kim is a sculptor from Mexico City, Mexico. He graduated from The School of the Art Institute in 2011 with a BFA with a focus in Sculpture, for which he was awarded the Edward Ryerson Fellowship award. He is currently based in Chicago, and is the Gallery Assistant and Project Director for THE LAND: Artist Residency Program at the Chicago Urban Art Society.
Find Kim here!
An artist Johalla Projects knows very well…Chad Kouri.
Chad’s work can be found here.
We’re excited to talk about Chad Kouri’s upcoming group show “Studio Visit” at the Patti and Rusty Rueff West Gallery at Purdue University.
Chad is a hugely talented Chicago artist who has exhibited with JP and collaborated with us on a variety of different cool projects. He is also a founding member of the Post Family – ”a resource, gallery, letterpress & screenprinting studio, experimental music venue and a creative incubator awarded and critically applauded by the art and design world.” The Post Family studio/gallery is also directly above Johalla Projects at 1821 W. Hubbard! We all affectionately refer to 1821 as “the bunk bed.”
Chad is showing at the Rueff West Gallery from January 30th to February 17th, so if you’re in the Purdue area, you should definitely go and check out Chad’s work in “Studio Visit,” an exhibition curated by Purdue MFA candidate Garet Martin!
Hey all, as part of our goal to post more content, we’re excited to share more kind of behind-the-scenes information about different aspects of Johalla Projects.
Our director Anna Cerniglia is working as a juror for the Indiana University Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art‘s open call for a photography exhibition entitled “Documentary Photography: The Economic Crisis.”
The curator for the show is the immensely talented Jennifer Greenburg, who is also an Assistant Professor of Photography at IUN.
While the show’s deadline for submission is tomorrow, we urge to check back right here for a possible spotlight on those chosen for the exhibition!
Bringing in the eighth installment of the Johalla Projects Artists Blog, Heather Gabel let’s us in on what has be going on and her plan for the near future.
Read the full update HERE.
That’s just about it for now, keep checking back HERE to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the updates on artists we believe in.